46 Then they came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.
47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him here.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.”
50 Throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
51 And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!”
52 And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
Mark 10:46-52 (NASB)
I want to end our 28-day journey of Your Story devotionals with the same passage that we began with on day one. I hope by now you’ve begun to understand that discovering God’s vision for your life is a process… a journey. There are some moments of breakthrough and with that a vivid clarity for the future. Most moments in the process are best described as a daily grind. Winning the moment. Winning the hour. Winning the day.
I discussed on day one that Jesus led Bartimaeus to a specific conclusion. The blind man cried out for mercy, and Jesus asked in response ‘What do you want Me to do for you.” Be specific. Bartimaeus said he wanted to regain his sight and he was healed. That was the moment of breakthrough.
What fascinates me with his story are the moments that led to the moment of breakthrough. For example, in verse 47 he cried out to Jesus, and in verse 48 the voice of the crowd sternly told him to be quiet. He cried out all the more! What if he had allowed the “crowd” to silence his prayer?
When Jesus called for the blind man to come, he was encouraged to “Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.” And Bartimaeus responded in faith throwing aside his cloak, he jumped up and came to Jesus.
The breakthrough will come but not without the little moments of obedience preceding it. As you continue on the journey of discovering and clarifying vision, what little moments do you need to continue giving your undivided heart and attention? Maybe it’s asking God for an opportunity to share your faith with your co-worker? Maybe it’s an apology that you owe your spouse or another family member that you’ve been delaying? Maybe it’s a decision tomorrow morning to get up early and continue your daily quiet time for a 29th day? And the following day for a 30th consecutive day?
Every moment of your life makes up your story and the truth is there are no little moments. Every moment has eternal significance when lived in response and obedience to the voice of Jesus.
What seemingly little moments of obedience in the recent weeks have you noticed yourself following through with? In what way have they impacted you?
Is there a moment that you sensed the nudge of the Holy Spirit but didn’t follow through? Don’t condemn yourself, but ask, what have I learned from that experience?
What plan and goals can you put in place moving forward out of this study? Make it a goal to memorize four new Bible verses over the next four weeks? As I suggested yesterday, plan tomorrow morning to begin a new book or character study?
Father, thank you for your presence and that you speak to me all day, every day, even in the little things. I pray that I am able to clear my heart and mind to hear and obey what you say to me – in the big things and in the little things. Continue to teach me and lead me, Lord. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.